The new year had barely begun when there was a death in our family. He was 63, weighed 360 pounds, on oxygen 24/7, could walk only a few steps. During the night he fell in the bathroom.
The ambulance and paramedics arrived. Seeing the gravity of the situation they inquired if his wife wanted them to use heroic measures. They could give her little hope. She wanted them to do everything possible to save her husband's life.
He was care-flighted to a hospital with a trauma center. After three days all machines were disconnected and he was gone.
I've thought a lot about this situation. She said he had signed a "Do Not Resuscitate" order but later rescinded it because he said he wasn't ready to die. She agreed with his decision.
It's hard not to appear harsh and cold hearted about this but what on earth went wrong to get to this point. Who failed?
No wonder healthcare cost in America is out of control. Who paid for all this?
We cannot afford to be a medically illiterate society. Regardless of Sarah Palin's talk about death panels, there needs to be education about end of life issues.